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Metropolis, IL, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 7 reviews
  • 104 ratings
  • 314 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014

  • Anthropology of an American Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Hilary Thayer Hamann
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A moving depiction of the transformative power of first love, Hamanns first novel follows Eveline Auerbach from her high school years in East Hampton, New York, in the 1970s through her early adulthood in the moneyed, high-pressured Manhattan of the 1980s.

    Allison says: "I tried but couldn't get through it"
    "I liked it and do NOT regret using 2 credits."

    I enjoyed this audio book and am still thinking about it days after finishing. I love the way the author writes and the narrator is top notch. It was very long, but I never even once considered not finishing. It grabbed me and I had to see it through. No regrets.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Disappointed by Rowling AGAIN"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Agatha Christie fans.

    Has The Cuckoo's Calling turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre, but it's turned me off to Rowling writing anything but Fantasy.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorites.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    I hated her first post-Harry book, and was just disappointed with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "I wish I could return it and get my credit back."
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Stephen Hogan?

    I will definitely not. I couldn't even finish this one.

    Has Broken Harbor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this author.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was OK.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I remember.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Burnt Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Rivers Siddons
    • Narrated By Kate Reading

    Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp - Camp Sherwood Forest in the North Carolina Mountains. It was there that she came alive and where she met Nick Abrams, her first love...and first heartbreak.

    A User says: "Not so great"
    "Not Up to Snuff"

    I just finished listening to this. I usually love Siddons' books. I loved parts of this one. I hated the finale (just before the prologue) and especially the unsatisfactory explanations (in the prologue). I am so mad right now.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet, Naked

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Annie loves Duncan - or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music 10 years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life. In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they've got.

    Northern Latitude Lagniappe says: "So this is how good an audiobook can be"
    "LOVED this"

    I didn't like the beginning. I almost quit listening because I disliked Duncan so. I'm glad I didn't quit. I will miss Tucker, Annie, and Jackson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man from Beijing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjvallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: Her grandparents, the Andrns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andrn family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the 19th-century diary of an Andrn ancestora gang master on the American transcontinental railwaythat describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers.

    Terry R. Mabry says: "The Man From Beijing is a keeper"

    I can't figure out why this is a best seller. It's not very good. I guess it's riding the coat tails of Stieg Larsson's much superior work. Boring and unbelievable.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Another good one!"

    Thanks audible for fixing Part II. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Horns and I'm already looking forward to Hill's next one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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